A Grand Greek Revival Relives its Former Glory

A Grand Greek Revival Relives its Former Glory

As soon as I read “jubilant restoration of an iconic Greek Revival,” I was hooked. And it only got better when I viewed the interiors of this beautiful project that will appear in the July/August Veranda. The Pillars, a late 19th century architectural grande dame, was from an era when first families came to the spa town of Hot Springs, Virginia for the season. But abandoned for years, the house had fallen into severe disrepair. New owners hired architect Allan Greenberg to restore the home to its former glory and an extensive two year renovation involving replacement of the plumbing, electric, roof and even the celebrated pillars that gave name to the manse ensued.…

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Celerie Kemble for Henredon & Maitland-Smith continued

Celerie Kemble for Henredon & Maitland-Smith continued

While there was a great assortment of furniture, accessories and lighting in the lines Celerie Kemble designed for Henredon and Maitland-Smith, there was definitely a consistent feel throughout. Inspired by mostly early 20th century designs, her aesthetic is a consistent thread. As she explained, “All of the pieces are very personal to me. They are designs I have worked on for years in custom studios or that I have adapted from pieces I have searched for and found. They are part of me.” And one design element that is clearly a significant element in Celerie’s design repertoire is bamboo. It’s nostalgic appeal feels classic yet contemporary.…

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Celerie Kemble for Henredon

Celerie Kemble for Henredon

In what seems a perennial state of catch up, I can’t believe it’s already June while I still have collections from High Point in April I had wanted to share. One of the biggest hits at market were Celerie Kemble‘s extensive new collections – furniture for Henredon and occasional pieces, accessories and lighting for Maitland Smith. Blending the best of traditional with a modern sensibility, the pieces are elegant and chic with a playful touch. Those of you who follow me on Pinterest may remember that I pinned this fabulous leather and brass Gin Table as one of my style spotter picks.…

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Parisian Delights in CT Cottages and Gardens

Parisian Delights in CT Cottages and Gardens

While I have often contributed to the online edition of CT Cottages and Gardens, I am delighted to report that my first print article for the magazine appears in the June issue now on the stands. A front of book piece also featuring my own photos, it highlights the trend of blue I spotted at Maison et Objet and Paris Deco Off in January, coordinating with the water theme of this summer issue. You can read more about my picks, above, in the issue but there were, of course, quite a few more images that I could have added such as Jim Thompson’s silk ikat, Aura from the new Himma Gardens collection

Manuel Canovas‘ Indian inspired 100% linen Persane in turquoise

Nobilis‘ cotton Montauk

Osborne & Little‘s semi-sheer ikat stripe Serifos with a seersucker effect

selections from Pierre Frey’s Braquenie Mademoiselle Celestine collection

beautiful silk pillows from de Gournay

or limoges porcelain from Marie Daage

So be on the lookout for the beautiful June issue of CT Cottages and Gardens and enjoy the cooling effect of our trending shade.…

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The Landscape Designs of Doyle Herman

The Landscape Designs of Doyle Herman

There are some areas of design where I know what I like but have no knowledge of how to achieve it. Landscape design is one of those disciplines and I am thankful for the likes of Doyle Herman here in Connecticut, whose work I have admired for years. And I am now delighted to have a compendium filled with beautiful examples of their designs. The Landscape Designs of Doyle Herman Design Asssociates presents the wide ranging span of their work, from structured Tudor-style to cottage-like English gardens to spare modern forms.

With inspiration from the past, their work embraces the natural world, the architecture it surrounds and the melding of artistic and technical demands.…

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James de Givenchy at Simon Teakle

James de Givenchy at Simon Teakle

It’s almost an embarrassment of riches. As if the jewel box shop of Simon Teakle in Greenwich wasn’t already tempting enough, this week he will be hosting over 100 pieces from James de Givenchy, whose exquisite Taffin collection is on every jewelry maven’s lust list. Longtime friends and colleagues, the two met at Christie’s in the early 1990’s when Teakle was brought in to head the jewelry department where de Givenchy was on staff. After subsequently heading up Christie’s West Coast Jewelry Department and later serving as vice-president of Verdura, de Givenchy opened his New York boutique in 1996, working primarily on special commissions.…

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2013 Designer Showhouse of Westchester

2013 Designer Showhouse of Westchester

After our break for the latest Stylish Shopping episode yesterday, we continue with a look at some more rooms at the 2013 Designer Showhouse of Westchester. One of my favorite rooms last year at this event was Carey Karlan’s sophisticated space with gorgeous black Venetian plaster walls. This year she wanted an all out feminine room with uninhibited yet comfortable glamour.

Carey’s designs frequently reference the past in an updated way. Here the pink and gray color scheme is retro yet fresh, anchored by the Pearson sofa and amazing Venetian plaster walls with inlaid mother of pearl by Heidi Holzer Design.…

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Stylish Shopping with Susanna Salk and Carolyne Roehm

Stylish Shopping with Susanna Salk and Carolyne Roehm

Carolyne Roehm has an exquisite eye for beauty and a passion for perfection. No wonder everything she touches is divine. Even the inception of her career started sublimely as a house model and designer at Oscar de la Renta for ten years. After a stint heading her own fashion house and firmly established as a much admired tastemaker, her love of  flowers, entertaining, garden design, and interiors led to her next career as author with her first book, A Passion for Flowers, in 1994. Following her journey since has been a vicarious tour of beauty in all its forms. We are thrilled today to feature Carolyne as our latest guest on Stylish Shopping.…

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Designer Showhouse of Westchester First Peek

Designer Showhouse of Westchester First Peek

From North Carolina to NYC to Westchester, each location has welcomed a designer showhouse this spring. On the heels of my Kips Bay coverage, we’ll take a first look at the third annual Designer Showhouse of Westchester. Benefitting Cerebral of Westchester, this year’s event is hosted in a beautiful 1915 colonial in the heart of the estate section of Scarsdale, NY.

Upon entry and a few steps, you are greeted by Gideon Mendelson‘s super chic “Martini Alley.” In a small foyer area, the designer created a timeless sophisticated space, perfect for cocktails and a quick repose.

Driven by the coloration of the house’s original Gracie wallpaper, Mendelson infused the room with an elegant palette of aqua and grey, warmed by the tonality of the wood and brass.…

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Kips Bay Decorator Show House Finale

Kips Bay Decorator Show House Finale

It’s always takes time for me to work my way through sharing a show house, especially one like Kips Bay with so many stellar spaces. But today we will wrap up with a look at a final few rooms. On the top floor, it’s hard to imagine that Barbara Ostrom’s lovely sitting room was once a gym. She wisely tore out everything and started from scratch, installing beautiful paneling lacquered white.

The room is an elegant tonal mix with glamorous glints of gold and bold strokes of black.    Casually chic layers of sisal and zebra rug and the fun Fufu Noa stool that I instagrammed at the AD Home Show add a youthful appeal to the refinement of French antiques and silk drapery.…

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